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Loss of Sight and Eye Injury Compensation Claims

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If we suffer an injury to our eyes, whether just one or both, this can be extremely distressing. An accident that causes loss of sight, whether partial or complete blindness may be temporary or permanent, but no doubt devastating either way, and if someone else is to blame, this can leave victims feeling helpless. Forbes Solicitors can help victims claim compensation for their eye injuries, including those whom have suffered partial or complete loss of sight through personal injury or clinical negligence.

This eye injury compensation guide aims to help you find out more information about this type of injury and what you will need to do in order to seek compensation with an eye injuries claim.

Causes of eye injuries

There are a wide variety of accidents that can result in the loss of sight or an eye injury. Due to our vast amount of experience in handling eye injury compensation claims, we have identified the following as the major causes:

Violent attacks or assaults - this is a major cause for eye injuries, including those of a temporary and permanent nature. A violent attack or physical assault can result in damage to the eye if a person has been struck or has hit an object as they fall down. If you have been attacked violently and suffered an eye injury you could be eligible for compensation.

Chemicals - a splash or spillage involving dangerous chemicals can result in an eye injury. Those who work with or around dangerous chemicals are most at risk, but a chemical burn can occur at any time. If you have work with chemicals and have not been provided with the appropriate safety gear and training and you are injured as a result, you could be eligible for compensation.

Bright lights - whether it's a quick flash or excessive exposure, a bright light can cause serious eye injury. Welders are most at risk of suffering an eye injury due to a flash of light, especially if they are not provided with the appropriate safety gear. In addition, lasers, explosions and defective electrical objects can cause eye injuries.

Head trauma - any type of head trauma can potentially lead to loss of sight. Those who have been involved in a road traffic accident or accident at work and have sustained a head trauma may experience loss of sight.

Sharp objects - a sharp object can cause serious injuries to eyes. An accident with a sharp object can result in temporary or even permanent blindness and can happen at anywhere at work, at home or in a public place such as a supermarket, school or park.

Grit, sand, glass and dirt - can be extremely dangerous to work with especially if you have not been provided with the appropriate safety wear and training. Often we can simply wash our eyes with water or medical solution and no permanent damage is done, but unfortunately this is not always the case. If you work with machinery such as grinders, saws etc. or around grit or glass you are especially at risk. If your employer does not provide you with safety goggles and you are injured you could be eligible for compensation.

Accidents at work that cause eye injuries

Your employer has a duty of care to ensure you are provided with all the appropriate safety equipment you need to do your job safely. If they fail to provide you with something like safety goggles and you are injured as a result you could claim compensation for your injuries. Eye injuries at work are more common in some industries than in others, but your employer is responsible for ensuring that you have a safe environment to work in and are provided with the adequate training and equipment to prevent you from getting hurt at work.

Clinical negligence which results in an eye injury

Individuals can suffer an eye injury or loss of sight through clinical negligence. This can sometimes happen when a medical professional makes a mistake with a prescription, provides an individual with incorrect contact lenses or prescribes the wrong eye ointment - all of which can cause severe injury and even complete loss of sight.

We can also offer legal advice to those who have suffered an eye injury whilst having laser eye surgery. Often people will enter into this type of surgery without being made aware of all the risks involved. Although laser eye surgery can be a very positive thing, when something goes wrong it can cause serious injuries to those being operated on. If you have suffered an eye injury whilst being operated on or have been left with worse sight than before you had the procedure, contact us today as you may be eligible for compensation.

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FAQs about eye injury claims

Below, we have collated some of the most common questions that we are asked in relation to eye injury and loss of sight personal injury claims. If you can't find the answer to your question here or would like some information or advice about your specific circumstances, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert team on 0800 689 0973. If you or someone you love has suffered an eye injury whilst at work, in public or due to clinical negligence, contact the expert personal injury solicitors at Forbes today. We specialise in personal injury claims and have the experience and legal expertise you need to claim compensation for your injuries. All initial advice is free, with no obligation to proceed and we operate on a no win, no fee basis which means there is no financial risk to you.

How much compensation will I get for an eye injury?
 
 

Determining how much compensation for an eye injury claim will be based on a few different factors, which include:

  • The severity of the injury and the pain and suffering it has caused you
  • The impact of the injury on your ability to work
  • The impact of the eye injury on your quality of life
  • Any financial losses you have suffered as a result of the injury
  • Your future care needs as a result of the injury

For less severe eye injuries, from which you will be expected to make a full recovery, you would receive less compensation for a successful claim than if your injury was more serious and the injuries will affect you long-term or permanently.

With so many different variables that affect the amount of compensation that you might be awarded for a successful eye injury claim, it isn't possible to make an accurate estimate of the sum of money involved without first understanding your specific circumstances. If you get in touch with Forbes Solicitors, we can provide an estimate of the compensation amount once we have discussed the details of your claim with you.

Can I claim compensation for loss of sight in one eye?
 
 

If the injury that you received has resulted in a loss of sight in one of your eyes, this can have a significant impact on many areas of your personal and working life. With a permanent loss of vision in one eye, you may not be able to return to your former job, and you may have some difficulty adjusting to the changes in your sight.

Depending on the circumstances of how your injury occurred, you may be able to seek loss of sight in one eye compensation. Any damages awarded to you, if your sight loss compensation claim is successful, could help to pay for specialist treatments or therapy to help you adjust to life after your injury and move forward.

Is there a time limit for making an eye injury claim?
 
 

As with most types of personal injury claim, there is usually a three-year time limit on making eye injury compensation claims. This means that legal proceedings will need to be underway before three years has passed since you were injured. Whether your claim is for loss of sight compensation, or for any other type of eye injury that has caused you pain, suffering or financial loss, we always recommend that you get in touch with an experienced eye injury lawyer, like the team at Forbes Solicitors, as soon after the injury occurred as possible, to give your claim the best chances of a positive outcome.

What evidence will I need to make an eye injury compensation claim?
 
 

Every compensation claim is different, so there may be some variations, but generally you will need to provide:

  • Details of what caused your eye injury and the circumstances of the incident
  • Witness accounts, if available
  • Medical records relating to your injury and treatment
  • Records of any expenses that you have incurred because of your injury e.g. loss of earnings due to unpaid time off work, medical treatments of therapies aiding your recovery.
Will I have to go to court if I make an eye injury claim?
 
 

The vast majority of compensation claims for an injury like this are settled before there is a need to go to court. However, in the unlikely event that your claim does need to be taken to this level, we will be with you every step of the way to offer all the advice and support that you need.

Why choose Forbes to be your eye injury solicitors?
 
 

Going through the experience of suffering an eye injury is always tough. If you wish to pursue an eye injury compensation claim the you'll want to be sure that you have experts on your side, to give your claim the best possible chance of success. Here at Forbes Solicitors, we've successfully represented many people over many years in eye claims that are similar to yours, which means we're experienced eye injury lawyers who are ideally placed to help and support you through the entire process. Get in touch for more information.

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